Vall del Noguera Ribagorçana : Michelin's recommendations
Set out from the village of Villaler. Poised on a rocky outcrop, the village is dominated by the octagonal belfry of its 18C Baroque church, Sant Climent. On the way to Caldes de Boí, you will pass close to El Pont de Suert, a village composed of delightful hamlets - Castelló de Tor, Casòs, Malpàs - in a secluded, rustic landscape. Your route then takes you into the Vall de Boí, renowned for its Lombard Romanesque churches (11C-12C), the finest in the Pyrenees. Built in a cluster, they stand out for their pure lines and for the wall frescoes which once decorated them. Of particular interest are Santa Eulàlia at Erill la Vall, la Nativitat at Durro and Sant Joan at Boí. On leaving Erill la Vall, bear right onto the narrow road to Boí and continue as far as Taüll. This typical mountain village is famous for its two churches, considered to be masterpieces of Romanesque art: Sant Climent (on the way out), consecrated on 10 December 1123, and Santa Maria in the same hamlet. Return onto the Caldes de Boí road. If the prospect of some walking appeals, stop at the Parque Nacional d'Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici which offers numerous excursions. The thermal spa of Caldes and its 37 springs marks the end of your tour.